The City That Bleeds
Freddie Gray and the makings of an American uprising

Jackson, Lawrence

Publisher:  Harper's
Date Written:  01/07/2018
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21975

The killing of black teenager Freddie Gray by six police officers resulted in a civic uprising, and spotlights a history of brutality and bloodshed by police in the city of Baltimore.


Excerpt: Freddie Gray's relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.

The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city's uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.

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